Tropical Storm Fiona forms in eastern Atlantic

By USA Today

screen-shot-2016-08-17-at-5-30-37-pmUSA TODAY – The sixth named storm of Atlantic hurricane season, Fiona, developed late Wednesday afternoon in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

The storm doesn’t pose a threat to land yet, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Center in Miami. As of a 5 p.m., the center of Fiona was located 920 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. It was moving northwest at 16 mph.

Forecasts through Monday show that the storm is projected to move west-northwest toward the central Atlantic Ocean, according to the hurricane center. It’s too early to determine the storm’s path after Monday.

A tropical storm is the stage just before a hurricane develops. Sustained winds associated with the storm, which are currently 40 mph at the storm’s center, would need to be 65 mph to be categorized as a hurricane.

 

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